The World of International Organizations Explained

World leaders urged to adopt ocean treaty

Plastic debris washed ashore from the Pacific Ocean (ARÊTE/Kevin Krejci)

The United Nations leaned on star power to launch a renewed push on Monday for a legally binding global treaty in 2020 that would promote conservation and sustainable uses of high seas areas that cover almost half the planet.

CITES meets to enforce wildlife trade rules

A Chilean vicuña, found in the Puna and Andean highlands and highly valued for its fine fibers in knitting (ARÊTE/Leandro Neumann Ciuffo)

Delegates to a 183-nation treaty aimed at protecting endangered plants and animals on Saturday opened a major summit to weigh 56 government proposals for tightening or easing controls on international trade.

New accord to protect defenders of nature

A march for the environment and climate action in Melbourne, Australia (ARÊTE/John Englart)

Leaders of the United Nations’ environment and human rights agencies teamed up by signing a new agreement on Friday intended to protect people and their families who push for environmental protections around the world.

UNSC takes up Kashmir after half-century

Indian Army troops in Pahalgam, among the Indian-administered portions of Jammu and Kashmi (ARÊTE/Bombman)

The United Nations Security Council met to formally discuss Jammu and Kashmir on Friday for the first time in almost a half-century, signaling the intense stakes as protests and clashes with police intensified.

Winnie Byanyima named to lead UNAIDS

Winnie Byanyima, the new executive director of UNAIDS (ARÊTE/OXFAM International)

Winnie Byanyima, a mechanical engineer and Uganda politician who heads Oxfam International, was appointed on Wednesday to serve as executive director of the Joint U.N. Program on HIV/AIDS, or UNAIDS.

Geneva Conventions at 70 are a call to duty

Statues of refugees outside the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum in Geneva (ARÊTE/John Heilprin)

International observers marked the 70th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions on Monday examining their relevance and limits — and ways to boost enforcement of their bedrock international humanitarian laws.

Weekend Update: TIO, USAID and CTBTO

Some of the 13 telescopes already atop Mauna Kea on Hawaii’s Big Island (ARÊTE/Steve Cadman)

A $1.4 billion telescope project in Hawaii is looking at an alternative spot in Spain. Opponents fear Trump administration cuts to international aid. A nonproliferation official sees opportunity amid nuclear tensions.

WFP to quadruple food aid in 4 countries

Crops irrigated during drought-affected Nicaragua's dry season through use of special rain-fed reservoirs (ARÊTE/Neil Palmer)

The World Food Program announced plans on Friday to almost quadruple the number of people it aids in four drought-affected nations of Central America, hoping to ease migration pressures among hungry inhabitants.

Youth climate movement decides strategy

Hundreds of young climate activists at a "die-in" demonstration in Lausanne (ARÊTE/Paloma Gude)

The Fridays For Future youth climate movement wrapped up its first major European summit on Friday with agreement on three core demands of world leaders to prevent more planetary overheating.

Climate report urges change in human diet

A field of wheat in Germany (ARÊTE/Dmitry Kalinin)

The U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on Thursday recommended sweeping changes globally in how people eat and ways that land is used to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that are causing the planet to overheat.

The world of international organizations explained.


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